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Students bell CAT, share success tips

- Many notch 99 percentile, professionals among high scorers

The results of CAT 2013, which were declared on Tuesday, brought cheer to the students of Dhanbad, Ranchi and Jamshedpur with many notching impressive percentiles and are now hoping to bag berths in premier management cradles.

Nearly two lakh aspirants from across the country had appeared for the exam conducted by the IIMs across 76 centres in 40 cities.

In Dhanbad, the students, who cleared the exam with flying colours, attributed their success to regular study, thorough analysis of mistakes and attempting sure-shot questions.

“I started preparing for the exam when I had gone to my home at Ludhiana, Punjab, during last year’s summer vacation (May). I spent four to five hours studying every day. My concentration was basically on English and I read a lot of novels, newspapers and magazines,” said Manu Jindal, a final-year BTech (mechanical engineering) student of ISM, who secured 99.93 percentile.

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“Go for a vast study of English and don’t merely concentrate on the prescribed syllabus. I also attached a lot of importance to mock tests conducted by my coaching institute and worked hard on my weak areas,” he added.

Ranchi also recorded good scores.

Rajiv Singh, director of Sachdeva College that guides CAT candidates, said: “Around 90 of our students had appeared for CAT last year. Out of them, 34 bagged 95 to 100 percentile.”

Students of Jamshedpur, on the other hand, showed how professionals could also crack the exam despite studying for only three hours a day. Sulekh Jain, a manager with Jusco, is one such example who managed to score a credible 99.83 percentile.

“I am eyeing a berth at IIM-Calcutta. I did by BE from Jadavpur University, also in Calcutta” said Sulekh.

Around 15 students from the steel city clinched above 99 percentile.

“Overall, the results have been better than last year. Around eight examinees have scored 100 percentile in the country,” said Sandeep Kumar, a faculty member of Career Launcher, an MBA coaching centre in Bistupur.

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